the dti plays a critical role in the promotion of economic development and meaningful participation in the global economic and trade environment. It achieves this by working to build an equitable
multilateral trading system that facilitates development, strengthens trade and investment links with key economies. A significant feature of the dti's international engagement also involves work to support
African regional economic integration and development co-operation.
the dti recognises the importance of promoting trade and inward investment, and building trade and investment relations. It focuses on encouraging exports, in order to leverage global growth for the development
of the South African economy, through the establishment of collaborative agreements with existing trading partners and dynamic fast-growing emerging markets.
the dti, in partnership with the Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies
(PIPAs), undertakes investment and export promotion activities in targeted markets that are aligned to
South Africa's international relations and co-operation agreements.